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  • 13:47
    So we now know Dublin will play Mayo in the All-Ireland football semi-final on September 2nd. The question now is who will be joining them in the last four.

    First up, Cork will take on Kildare at Croke Park in what is sure to be a hard-hitting and physical battle. After that Donegal take on a resurgent Kerry at Headquarters and although I’ve been making (frankly pathetic) predictions all summer, I wouldn’t want to put my house on any team in action this afternoon.

    It promises to be an enthralling afternoon’s action of football and you can follow it all with me, Ciaran Daly, here.  Stay tuned.

    All-Ireland football championship quarter-final

    Cork v Kildare – 2pm
    Kerry v Donegal – 4pm
  • 13:52
    Cork are 2010 All-Ireland champions but were shocked by Mayo at this very stage of the Championship last year. They’ve had a long lay off since their Munster final win over Clare on July 8th. That can’t be a good thing, can it? Kildare have been erratic and needed extra time to overcome Limerick in the qualifiers. Cork should win, shouldn’t they? Then again…
  • 13:55
    Here are the teams that were named during the week. Graham Canty returns to Cork’s half-back line and with the likes of Daniel Goulding and Paddy Kelly on the bench, Cork may have too much strength and depth for Kildare.


    CORK: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, N Murphy.

    KILDARE: S Connolly; O Lyons, P Kelly, H McGrillen; E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, E Doyle; M Foley, R Kelly; E O’Flaherty, M Conway, A Smith; J Doyle, T O’Connor, J Kavanagh.

  • 13:59
    Sad news for Mayo captain Andy Moran. He has sustained significant ligament damage and is likely to miss the end of the season.
  • 13:59
  • 14:00
    We’re off at Croker – Cork v Kildare. I feel like a midget. Two teams of strong, hulking footballers.
  • 14:02
    First blood – Kildare which reminds me that the second Rambo film was called Rambo –First Blood – part two – now that’s some confusing logic for you right there.
  • 14:02
    3 mins – Cork 0-0 Kildare 0-2
  • 14:04
    5 mins - Paudie Kissane reduces the arrears to one point. Cork 0-1 Kildare 0-2
  • 14:05
  • 14:06
  • 14:06
    Kildare have really begun well but they need to make it tell on the score-board.
  • 14:08
    The TV3 commentator just said this has been an ‘All holds barred’ opening to the match. There’d be some stoppage time in a game like that.
  • 14:10
  • 14:10
    Colm O’Neill just scored a phenomenal point from a free. He was practically on the side-line. We’re level after 10 minutes.
  • 14:10
    Johnny Doyle scored a fantastic point of his own in response. Good quality stuff early on. Kildare lead 0-3 Cork 0-2
  • 14:11
  • 14:12
  • 14:12
    Aidan Walsh has evened things up again. I wonder promise a classic (I’ve done that before and the games have fallen really flat in the second half) but this has been a great start. Who’s going to win?
  • 14:13
  • 14:14
    Colm O’Neill, Donncha O’Connor and Aidan Walsh have all converted difficult frees for Cork now. Note to Kildare defence – don’t concede frees within 50 metres of goal.
  • 14:14
    GOAL! Cork score from a deflection. Cork lead 1-4 Kildare 0-3
  • 14:15
  • 14:16
    Paul Kerrigan broke free and shot for goal but his effort was well saved by Connolly. Unfortunately for Kildare his parried save rebounded off Eoin Doyle and into the Kildare net.
  • 14:16
    Cork have really ramped it up in the last few minutes.
  • 14:17
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  • 14:18
    18 mins - GOAL number two for Cork. Cork 2-5 Kildare 0-3
  • 14:18
    Colm O’Neill palmed the ball into the net from close range
  • 14:20
    Daryl Flynn has replaced Robert Kelly at midfield for Kildare
  • 14:23
    Is there a chance that Down’s losing margin yesterday won’t be the biggest of the weekend? Cork are bossing Kildare at the minute. The Lilywhites need to keep possession to calm things down. A few scores wouldn’t hurt either. 23 minutes played and Cork lead 2-5 to 0-4
  • 14:23
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  • 14:25
    Eoin Doyle sees the game’s first yellow card – a sending off really wouldn’t help Kildare.
  • 14:27
  • 14:27
    Just the two goal separate the sides. That’s all, two goals or six points. Easy
  • 14:29
  • 14:30
    Kildare hit a free wide – they can’t really afford to do that when they’re five points down against the Munster champions.
  • 14:32
  • 14:32
    Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Johnny Doyle kicked another fantastic score. Only four in it now. If Kildare can get another before the break then what looked like being disastrous first-half won’t have panned out that badly for McGeeney’s men.
  • 14:33
    And score they did. Only three points in it. You have to admire Kildare for the way they have fought back into this.
  • 14:33
    Paddy Kelly has replaced Ciarán Sheehan on the Cork team
  • 14:33
  • 14:34
    Paddy Kelly’s first involvement – receiving a yellow card.
  • 14:35
  • 14:36
    Ger Gilroy claiming Graham Canty is being afforded the ‘Steven Gerrard’ treatment.
  • 14:37
  • 14:37
    Half-time: Kildare 0-8 Cork 2-5
  • 14:38
    This may sound strange but Kildare may be the happiest of the two sides despite being three points down. They showed real character to fight back and Cork may be questioning their mettle now. Bring on the second half!
  • 14:49
  • 14:50
    Some question marks over whether Ciarán Sheehan should have been subbed.
  • 14:51
    Paul Kerrigan took eight steps when shooting in the build-up to Cork’s first goal. He was being held but the ‘rules are rules’ brigade are questioning the legitimacy of the goal.
  • 14:52
    The second half has begun. This promises to be a fantastic 35 minutes of football
  • 14:53
  • 14:53
    Emmet Bolton is the third player to see yellow this afternoon. Eoin Doyle and Paddy Kelly also can’t afford another yellow.
  • 14:55
    “Let’s get physical, physical!” – There’s a bit of a scuffle between a handful of Cork and Kildare players. No cards issued. Sensible.
  • 14:58
    No scores in the second half yet but it’s been intriguing. Kildare on top.
  • 14:58
    The worry for Kildare is that they aren’t chipping into Cork’s lead.
  • 14:58
    Daniel Goulding has replaced Nicholas Murphy.
  • 14:59
    Canty sets up Goulding for the first score of the second half. Cork 2-6 Kildare 0-8
  • 15:00
  • 15:00
    Donncha O’Connor with a great point to give Cork a bit of breathing space.
  • 15:01
  • 15:01
    44 mins – Cork 2-7 Kildare 0-8
  • 15:01
    Great move from Cork finished by Paul Kerrigan who blasts it over.
  • 15:02
    Cork are being more direct and it’s working for them.
  • 15:04
    Cork lead by two goals
  • 15:04
  • 15:04
    Padraig O’Neill has replaced Mick Foley on the Kildare team. Strange substitution
  • 15:06
    Aidan Walsh tore through the middle of the Kildare defence. He might have had a goal but a point will do just fine.
  • 15:07
  • 15:07
    Seanie Johnston is on for Eoghan O’Flaherty.
  • 15:07
    50 mins – Cork 2-9 Kildare 0-8
  • 15:08
    Kildare haven’t scored in the second half. Ominous.
  • 15:09
    Fintan Goold adds another for Cork. Is it game over for Kildare. They trail Cork on a score-line of 2-10 to 0-8
  • 15:10
  • 15:10
    Red card – Not what Kildare needed. Eoin Doyle is sent off after collecting two yellow cards.
  • 15:10
  • 15:10
    The last 17 minutes could be painful viewing for Kildare fans.
  • 15:11
    Aidan Walsh adds another point. He has been fantastic today. Driving forward from midfield all the time.
  • 15:12
  • 15:12
    54 mins – Cork 2-12 Kildare 0-8. It’s shooting practice now.
  • 15:13
    Dermot Earley is on the pitch. It won’t make much difference at this stage.
  • 15:14
    57 mins – Paul Kerrigan adds another. Cork 2-13 Kildare 0-8. Cork were fancied to win but not this easily.
  • 15:15
  • 15:15
    Aidan Walsh and Paul Kerrigan have been outstanding this afternoon.
  • 15:16
    Paudie Kissane, a Cork half-back, gets his second point of the day.
  • 15:16
  • 15:16
    Nearly 25 minutes of the second half have now been played. Kildare have yet to score in those 25 minutes.
  • 15:17
  • 15:18
    Kildare are taking one hell of a beating here today.  Criticising them after today will be as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. No doubt Joe Brolly is perfecting his aim.
  • 15:18
    Denis O’Sullivan has replaced Graham Canty. This is a procession.
  • 15:19

    I think we can say that not having played a competitive game for some weeks has not affected Cork whatsoever.

  • 15:20
  • 15:20
    62 mins – Cork lead 2-15 Kildare 0-10
  • 15:20
    Kildare score two points in quick succession. That’s their first two scores of the second half. That simply isn’t good enough.
  • 15:21
    Six minutes left and an 12 point difference between the sides. Three quick fire goals will put Kildare back into it. Easy-peasy.
  • 15:23
    Cork have now scored 2-17. At the quarter-final stage of the All-Ireland senior football championship – that’s impressive.
  • 15:23
    Is the end of the McGeeney era in Kildare?
  • 15:23
  • 15:26
    You’d have to feel for Johnny Doyle. He is an excellent footballer but he’s not going to get his hands on an All-Ireland medal.
  • 15:26
    Aidan Walsh has been named as the man of the match. Yep, I’d agree with that. Dominant.
  • 15:26
  • 15:28
    Two minutes of injury time for Kildare to suffer through.
  • 15:28
    Colm O’Neill makes it Cork 2-19 Mayo 0-12
  • 15:29
    Full-time: Cork 2-19 Kildare 0-12
  • 15:30
  • 15:30
    Cork humiliated Kildare. Humiliated. They have to be favourites for Sam after that.
  • 15:31
    Well at least we know Donegal and Kerry won’t be as one-sided. Right?
  • 15:32
    I’d be willing to say neither Cork nor Donegal will score 2-19
  • 15:34
    You want to read about the difficulty Kerry have in playing Ulster teams don’t you? Ok. Let Seán Moran explain - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0804/1224321450016.html
  • 15:40
    Donegal are favourites to progress here but are Kerry on the road back?
  • 15:47
    What does every match need? A referee. It’s not an easy job but someone’s got to do it. Darragh Ó’Sé caught up with Pat McEnaney to get a better insight into the difficulties a referee faces during a game. Read all about it here - http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0801/1224321234630.html
  • 15:49
    The famous green and gold of Kerry…not today – The Kingdom line out in blue shirts with gold trim, white shorts and blue socks. It just seems wrong.
  • 15:55
    Does Darragh Ó’Sé look like a younger, taller, leaner Pat Shortt or is it just me?
  • 15:57
  • 16:02
    Donegal play in white shirts with yellow trim, green shorts and green and yellow socks. I know GAA fans are also fashionistas.
  • 16:03
    We’re underway for the big game of the weekend. Donegal v Kerry – it’s on!
  • 16:04
  • 16:04
    2 mins – Donegal lead 0-1 to no score. Colm McFadden gets the Ulster champions off the mark.
  • 16:04
    KERRY: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, S Enright; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, D O’Sullivan, D Walsh; J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy.
  • 16:06
    DONEGAL: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; M McElhinney, K Lacey, A Thompson; R Bradley, R Kavanagh; E McGee, L McLoone, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden
  • 16:06
  • 16:07
    4 mins - Colm Cooper levels things up.
  • 16:08
    GOAL! Donegal score. 1-1 to 0-1
  • 16:08
    Directly from a side-line ball. Michael Murphy and Aidan O’Mahony both missed it and it sailed directly into the net.
  • 16:09
  • 16:09
    Michael Murphy has added another point for good measure. Perfect start for Donegal. They lead 1-2 to 0-1
  • 16:10
    How dare you Declan O’Sullivan – that point was sublime!
  • 16:11
  • 16:12
  • 16:16
  • 16:19
    Durcan in the Donegal plucked a Marc Ó’Sé shot out of the air to clear the danger. Kerry have been decent since conceding the goal.
  • 16:20
    Imagine Kerry played like Wicklow because they were wearing similar jerseys.
  • 16:20
    Safe to say they are not playing like Wicklow. They’re playing like Kerry. A great point from O’Donoghue. Donegal lead by one point.
  • 16:21
  • 16:21
    McFadden hits a wide. Donegal are definitely second best here so far despite their lead.
  • 16:23
    There is a huge gap between the Donegal midfield and full forward line.
  • 16:24
    That’s a couple of shots that Kerry have dropped short but Donegal are letting the Kingdom shoot from around the 45.
  • 16:25
    McFadden points for Donegal. They probably needed that. Donegal 1-3 Kerry 0-4
  • 16:26
  • 16:26
    Donegal are growing in confidence. They’re beginning to harry the Kerry forwards now.
  • 16:26
    Eoin Brosnan has gone off injured. Brian Maguire has replaced him.
  • 16:27
    Leo McLoone has been booked for Donegal.
  • 16:28
    Aidan O’Mahony is doing a very good job on Michael Murphy so far. That’s one to watch.
  • 16:28
  • 16:29
    Paddy McBrearty has his head split open by his team mate Anthony Thompson. David Walsh is the blood sub.
  • 16:30
    28 mins – Donegal 1-3 Kerry 0-4
  • 16:30
    The next seven minutes could be crucial in determining the outcome of the match.
  • 16:31
    Marty McElhinney has also been shown the yellow card now.
  • 16:31
  • 16:32
    Would it be fair to say neither team has hit top gear or played to their potential yet?
  • 16:33
    Or is it just that both defences are playing extremely well?
  • 16:33
    James O’Donoghue has now been booked. There are more and more fouls being committed.
  • 16:34
    Worrying news for Kerry – Bryan Sheehan is walking around gingerly. Looks like a calf injury.
  • 16:34
    Darran O’Sullivan is on for Kerry.
  • 16:35
    Killian Young was the man to make way for Darran O’Sullivan.
  • 16:36
    “They’ll score again, don’t know how, don’t know when….” – no score for over 10 minutes now.
  • 16:37
  • 16:37
    Gooch Cooper creates and scores a magnificent point. Quick give and go with Donaghy and fisted over. No choker at Croker here
  • 16:38
  • 16:39
    A fantastic free from McFadden. Donegal lead 1-4 to 0-5
  • 16:39
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  • 16:40
    Michael Murphy should put Donegal further in front but he doesn’t. Wide. Will Donegal rue that?
  • 16:40
    Half-time: Donegal 1-4 Kerry 0-5
  • 16:41
  • 16:42
    That was a demanding half of football. Not free-flowing stuff really and there are a lot of fouls being perpetrated. The early Donegal is the difference really and it was a bit of a fluke really.
  • 16:42
    Both defences have been impressive. Aidan O’Mahony has done a great job on Michael Murphy and Karl Lacey is keeping Declan O’Sullivan relatively quiet. Surely, it’ll have to become more open in the second half?
  • 16:43
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  • 16:57
    Conor Mortimer in the crowd at Croke Park. Should he have been playing yesterday?
  • 16:57
    Bryan Sheehan is out for the second half but will he be out there for too much longer? Seemed to pick up an injury at the end of the first half.
  • 16:57
    Neil Gallagher replaces Martin McElhinney at half-time for Donegal.
  • 16:58
  • 16:58
    56,159 is the attendance at Croke Park today.
  • 16:59
  • 17:00
    Good start to the second half for Kerry.
  • 17:00
    Excellent Donegal move finished by Leo McLoone.
  • 17:01
  • 17:02
    Michael Murphy has been booked. Will there be a sending off?
  • 17:03
    Cooper converts a free for Kerry meaning Donegal’s advantage is down to a single point again.
  • 17:03
  • 17:04
    Paddy McBrearty with a bad wide.
  • 17:05
    Michael Murphy isn’t winning much ball in the Donegal full forward line.
  • 17:06
    Murphy converts a free for Donegal. Donegal 1-6 Kerry 0-7
  • 17:07
  • 17:07
    Donegal have become a bit more direct in the second half and it’s working. They’re drawing fouls out of the Kerry defence.
  • 17:09
  • 17:09
    Declan O’Sullivan has gone off with Kieran O’Leary coming on in his place.
    Jonny Buckley has come on for Bryan Sheehan too
  • 17:10
    Some excellent defending there from Donegal. Shot blocked down. Kerry 45.
  • 17:10
    It’s not happening for Kerry. The shot from the 45 sails wide.
  • 17:11
    It’s lashing now at Croke Park – conditions aren’t exactly great for playing expansive football – though with Donegal playing, was that ever an option?
  • 17:12
    McGee has been booked
  • 17:13
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  • 17:15
    My God but it’s tense.
  • 17:15
    McFadden with an absolutely huge point. Donegal lead 1-8 Kerry 0-8
  • 17:17
  • 17:17
    Mark McHugh, as always, has covered a serious amount of ground today.
  • 17:17
    Another yellow card – this time it’s for Kerry’s Bryan Maguire
  • 17:18
    Michael Murphy fires wide. That should’ve been a point
  • 17:19
    Patrick Curtin replaces James O’Donoghue in the Kerry forward line.
  • 17:19
    Michael Murphy – grow a beard and wear a cowboy hat and you have your Halloween costume sorted – Desperate Dan.
  • 17:20
    Donegal lead by that fortuitous goal they scored in the early stages of the first half.
  • 17:23
    David Walsh has replaced Ryan Bradley on the Donegal side.
  • 17:23
    McBrearty shot appeared to drop short. Kealy punched it over. Donegal lead by four with nine minutes left.
  • 17:24
    Christy Toye has come on for Leo McLoone and he has scored with his first touch.
  • 17:24
    Donegal lead 1-10 to 0-8
  • 17:24
  • 17:24
    Nothing is going right for Kerry now. Another Kerry wide.
  • 17:25
    Karl Lacey is booked
  • 17:26
    Nine yellow cards in total – five for Donegal, four for Kerry.
  • 17:26
    Donegal have an easy free on the 20m line. McFadden should convert.
  • 17:27
    64 mins – Donegal 1-11 Kerry 0-8
  • 17:27
    Five minutes and Donegal lead by six.
  • 17:28
    GOAL! Donaghy palms in from close range. Life line. Kerry 1-8 Donegal 1-11
  • 17:28
    The next five minutes are going to be very interesting.
  • 17:28
  • 17:30
  • 17:30
    67 mins – Galvin point. Kerry 1-9 Donegal 1-11
  • 17:31
    Donegal have lost their composure and look jaded. Kerry sense blood.
  • 17:31
  • 17:32
    One point in it. Can Kerry do it?
  • 17:32
  • 17:33
    Curtin’s effort is wide. There are two minutes of injury time. One minute of that left.
  • 17:34
    Karl Lacey puts Donegal two points in front in injury time.
  • 17:34
  • 17:35
    Full-time: Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10
  • 17:35
  • 17:35
    What a finish! Donegal held on but what a remarkable comeback from Kerry. Donegal will play Kerry in the All-Ireland football semi-final
  • 17:36
    Colm McFadden deservedly named man-of-the-match.
  • 17:36
    Croke Park is rocking!
  • 17:38
    johnnydoyle wow a repeat of the quarters in the semi! that's some result!
  • 17:39
    The last 10 minutes was enough to give even the healthiest person heart failure.
  • 17:39
    Naturally, in all of the excitement I may have said that Donegal will play Kerry in the quarter-final. Of course they will play Cork and it promises to be the game of the All-Ireland championship so far.
  • 17:39
    The semi-final line-up will consist of the four provincial champions.
  • 17:40
    Kerry really put it up to Donegal but it would have been harsh on Donegal to lose. They were the better team, particularly in the second half.
  • 17:42
    With six minutes to go Donegal led by six points. As the match headed for injury time they led by just one. What a comeback from Kerry.
  • 17:44
    That was the first time that Kerry and Donegal have ever met in the All-Ireland football championship. I demand that they play every summer.
  • 17:47
    About Kieran Donaghy’s goal – The rule is that you cannot be in the square when the ball is played. It appears Donaghy was. It matters little now thankfully.
  • 17:48
    Donegal’s goal was very lucky and it proved to be the difference in the end. The last five minutes notwithstanding though, Donegal were much the better team in the second half.
  • 17:49
    Jack O’Connor was asked about his future and he quite rightly says that’s not to be thought about now.
  • 18:07
    After a bit of a damp squib in the first semi-final, Kerry and Donegal produced one of the games of the season in the second semi at Headquarters.

    The Ulster champions were seemingly coasting. With six minutes left they led by six points. A Kieran Donaghy goal and two further Kerry points meant that Donegal were holding on until Karl Lacey was able to muster the insurance point in injury time that Donegal so desperately craved. It was an enthralling ending to an engrossing game. Donegal progress to the semi-finals where they will now play Cork.

    Earlier this afternoon the Rebels ran riot on a shell-shocked Kildare side. Cork were pinned back by Kildare in the first half despite two early Cork goals. The Kildare comeback failed to materialise in the second half as Cork dominated completely and Kildare failed to score for over 20 minutes of the second half. By the time they did, the game was already over and Kildare had been reduced to 14 men due to Eoin Doyle’s dismissal. Cork easily held on and will now be favourites for the All-Ireland title. Donegal may have something to say about that though. It’s a tantalising prospect. It happens on Sunday on August 26th and I, for one, cannot wait for it. I’ll be back before then and if you don’t join me I’ll consider it a personal affront.
    Remember to buy the Irish Times tomorrow for all the best analysis of today’s action. Until next time…